In truth of fact, some of the area is losing population and is experiencing a rise in its unemployment rate:
Jobless rate risesCourse correction in order yet?
The Stuart Enterprise
Patrick County's unemployment rate rose in January to 4.9%, a one percent jump from the December rate of 3.9%, according to a report from the Virginia Employment Commission.
Patrick's neighboring counties reported the following January jobless rates: the city of Martinsville, 8.1%; Henry County, 5%; Carroll County, 6.1%; the city of Danville, 9.5%; Floyd County, 3.8%; Franklin County, 3.4%; and Pittsylvania County, 6.3%.
The jobless rate for the commonwealth of Virginia was 3.2% in January. (link)